Scott Landes, Lerner Affiliate and associate professor of sociology, was featured on this PBS Newshour story to speak on COVID-19 and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Landes says, “What were finding is across the board, no matter the type of intellectual or developmental disability, there’s increased risk of COVID-19 severity.”
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In a new study, US State Disparities in Life Expectancy, Disability-Free Life Expectancy, and Disabled Life Expectancy Among Adults Aged 25 to 89 Years, Jennifer Karas Montez and colleagues find that for men and women, disability-free life expectancy (DFLE) and disabled life expectancy (DLE) varied widely by state. Among women, DFLE ranged from 45.8 years in West Virginia to 52.5 years in Hawaii, a 6.7-year gap. The South is doubly disadvantaged: residents have shorter lives and spend a greater proportion of those lives with disability.
Lerner Center Affiliate and professor of sociology, Jennifer Karas Montez, was interviewed for the segment, “Your State’s Politics Might Be The Death of You,” on the Innovation Hub podcast. Montez is an expert on the social causes of death and disease in the United States. Her research explores how differing state policies have contributed to a seven year gap between the state with the highest (Hawaii) and the lowest (West Virginia) life expectancy in the U.S.
Lerner Chair, Shannon Monnat, co-authored a new study titled “Opioid misuse and family structure: Changes and continuities in the role of marriage and children over two decades” in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Monnat and colleagues found that marriage protects against opioid misuse, and the presence of children protects against opioid misuse but varies by marital status.
Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar, Danielle Rhubart, was selected to receive a pilot grant from the Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA). Dr. Rhubart’s study, “Social Infrastructure and Mental Health among Older Adults in Rural America,” will use data from the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System to determine if and how social infrastructure explains variation in self-reported mental health among older adults (65+) in rural America. INRPHA is funded by the National Institute on Aging.
Mary Kate Schutt was quoted in this Healthline article, Chronic Stress Could Still Affect Mental Health Years After COVID-19. She gives recommendations for how to support mental health during and after the pandemic.
“In order to maintain good mental health over the long term, people should find ways to connect with loved ones and, importantly, find ways to be of service,” Schutt said.
Kevin Antshel, Lerner Affiliate, clinical psychologist, and director of the clinical psychology program at Syracuse University was quoted in this CNBC story, Nearly 50% of people are anxious about getting back to normal, pre-pandemic life — here’s how to cope. Antshel addresses this issues and says “Extraordinarily high levels of uncertainty are really against how we’ve advanced as human beings.”